Tuesday, December 13, 2016

POLA Wins Creativity and Innovation Award

By Mark Edward Nero

The American Public Works Association’s Southern California Chapter has named the Port of Los Angeles winner of the APWA’s Creativity and Innovation BEST award for the port’s Berths 142-147 Trapac Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) project.

The $71 million project included construction of a new semi-automated on-dock rail yard at TraPac Container Terminal, with the yard featuring eight working tracks, concrete foundations to support up to four new rail mounted gantry cranes, a train-in-motion warning system, automatic rail switches and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.

A $20.7 million California Transportation Commission grant went toward funding for the project.

“We are extremely proud to be singled out for this prestigious award,” said Tony Gioiello, deputy executive director of the port’s Development Group, which includes the port’s construction, maintenance, engineering and goods movement divisions. “This project exemplifies the port’s continued investment in innovation that keeps us relevant and competitive in today’s fast-paced international trade arena.”

The American Public Works Association, which is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA promotes professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA has 63 chapters in North America, with APWA Southern California Chapter being one of nine in the state.

The Southern California Chapter of APWA grants awards to public agencies for public works projects or programs demonstrating resourcefulness and imagination.